Deputy Rodney Badger

Died on April 29, 1853

Age 30
Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office
Accidental: Drowning/Suffocation

The first Utah police officer to die in the line of duty drowned during a rescue attempt. Deputy Badger, 29, was sent to the Weber River to assist immigrant companies fording the river during heavy spring runoff. When a wagon became stranded in the middle of the river, Deputy Badger swam out to it and rescued a woman and four children. During a final trip back to shore with two other children, he was swept away and drowned. His body and those of the two children were discovered 18 months later on a sandbar more than a mile downstream. Survived by his wife and four children, Deputy Badger is buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery. His bronze name plaque is sponsored by the citizens of Salt Lake County.


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3 Responses to “Deputy Rodney Badger”

  1. [...] Lake County Deputy Sheriff RODNEY BADGER, drowned in the Weber River in 1853. Deputy Badger was attempting to rescue a family stranded in [...]

  2. Robin Baker says:

    My grandson born a week ago is named after Rodney Badger. His name is Roddy Badger Barnes. When I learned about Officer Badger. I was proud my grandson was named after him. Pray that he will be a man of great courage and a man who will follow the Savior’s teachings.
    Robin Baker
    Rocklin Ca

  3. Robert Badger says:

    I am Deputy Rodney Badger’s great-great-great-great grandson. As a child, I was told stories of his bravery. I am honored to be one of his descendants.

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